Let these simple phrases unlock a woman’s heart—and reignite her passion.
Relationships are funny things: One partner can be cruising along thinking everything’s just fine and dandy, and the other can be curling up inside like a poinsettia after New Year’s. One of us is sure we’re on the right track, while the other is wondering, “Why don’t we talk anymore?” And more often than not, it’s the female cohort who’s dying for more—more communication, more intimacy, more verbal acknowledgment that you’re committed to her happiness.
Here’s the video primer: 4 phrases to rock her world
The reason is simple: When it comes to communication, women are like tropical plants, and men are like cacti. Studies suggest that the average woman speaks 7,000 words a day. The average man mutters just 2,000, and half of those are spoken to clients, colleagues, or the electronic image of John Madden. And it’s that discrepancy between our verbal styles and needs that can turn a once-hot and sex-filled relationship into yesterday’s oatmeal.
Want proof? Researchers at the University of Washington say they can predict with 90 percent accuracy whether couples will divorce or stay married simply by listening to them talk for a few minutes. After reviewing data from more than 500 couples in discussion, psychologist John Gottman, Ph.D., of the University of Washington’s Relationship Research Institute, and applied mathematicians James Murray and Kristin Swanson have come up with a mathematical model that can predict likelihood of divorce. They dub it the “Dow Jones Industrial Average for marital conversation.” A 5-to-1 ratio of positive comments to negative ones indicates a healthy marriage, they say. A ratio lower than that suggests trouble ahead.
A simple rule of thumb, then, is to talk more, share more, and be more open with your emotions. But telling a guy to share more is like telling him to eat less meat: Simple in concept, but not so tasty in practice. The solution is to maximize the communication you do have—to know a few simple phrases that will warm her heart and a few other intimate places, as well. If things feel a little chilly, a little distant, or a little lacking in boudoir beatitude, try speaking up. Here’s what to say. And if you’re still on the market, we’ve got your back, too: don’t miss the best Dating Apps for People Over 40.
“I’m so glad we ended up together.”
“I understand how important this is to you.”
“Let me tell you how my presentation went.”
“Let’s talk about Jenny’s grades tomorrow. Tonight should just be about us.”
“I’ve been fantasizing about making you feel good.”
“Put the 14th on your calendar; I’m taking you away.”
“I’ll draw you a bath.”
“A few minutes of foreplay usually aren’t enough.” After a few years together, men tend to start shortening foreplay, but the average woman takes 27 minutes to reach orgasm. A warm bath is a good place to start.
“You deserve a long weekend with your girlfriends. I’ll watch the kids.”
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“I adore your freckles.”
“I’ve always thought it would be fun if you didn’t use your hands.”
“Let’s show the kids our honeymoon photos.”
“I’ll meet you in the bedroom after I fold the laundry.”
“The weather’s terrible. Let me pick up the kids from day care.”
“A woman wants a mate who is going to survive to continue being a provider and protector for her children and her,” explains study author William Farthing, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Maine.
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